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Re: Top 10 for old farts

Mark Hadfield (m.hadfield@niwa.cri.nz) writes:

> Objects were a necessary development in IDL and are certainly a good thing
> IMHO. Well, OK some of the design decisions were debatable.
> Object graphics were also a necessary development but are less obviously a
> good thing. The main problem with them is that producing a simple plot using
> IDL's standard object graphics facilities is ridiculously difficult. It's
> possible to finish RSI's job by writing a set of smarter, higher-level
> graphics classes & routines but it's a lot of work. Hence my comment about
> productivity.

Amen to this. But I would like to reiterate (for what, the
fourth time? I've got to give up on this horse) that they 
are not so difficult that *someone* (not RSI, apparently) 
wouldn't be willing to go to the trouble if there was 
some indication they would be compensated for the effort. 
And I mean by "compensated", rewarded in some other way 
than by the eternal gratitude of the IDL newsgroup 
community, with all the resultant adulation and prestige 
(which doesn't count for much with the bank manager) such 
acknowledgement implies. :-)



P.S. I've already got Joe's order written down. Anyone
else ready to anti-up for some decent (direct or object) 
graphics programs, written as objects? In the meantime
I'm going to get on with my life. You will hear no more from
me on this subject. (Unless someone provokes me, of course.)

David Fanning, Ph.D.
Fanning Software Consulting
Phone: 970-221-0438 E-Mail: davidf@dfanning.com
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